Gabrielle Bisset

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Friday Hops

Well, it's almost the weekend again.  Where are the days going to?  It's been a busy week for me, but April is going to be a very busy month.  I finished the novella and my critique partner fine-tooth-combed-it, so now it's time to begin submissions.  Cross your fingers for a good result.  :)

The only hop this week is Elizabeth Sharp's Follow Friday for Writers.  Thanks Elizabeth!  This one's for anyone who writes, including anyone who writes a blog.  This week's question:  How do you deal with a bad review? 

This is actually quite timely for me, in a way.  My first book isn't scheduled for release until June, but I had entered one of RWA's writing contests against my gut feeling that said not to because I didn't know who the judges were.  I didn't expect to win (and, in fact, was disqualified just days after entering because I signed my contract with my publisher), but I was hoping that maybe I would get some useful feedback.  I was almost entirely wrong, except for one comment that gave me an idea for how I wanted to approach something later in the book.

What I wanted to do at first was write a blog post blasting the whole thing because of critiques that were silly and riddled with grammar errors.  What I did in reality, however, is called up my friends and told them, whereby we laughed our asses off at people who can't use dictionaries and write critiques filled with errors. You live and learn, but let me say that if you're a romance writer, the word for a man's bits and pieces that rhymes with sock seems to be a big problem for some people in contests like the one I entered.  Maybe it's only a problem for religious 28 year olds who write YA but judge paranormal adult romance contests.  I can't say for sure.  LOL 

In the end, what is the point in responding to a review?  It's one person's opinion, and unless they've been made the arbiter of good taste and great writing in your genre, they aren't worth the time it takes to blow up on them.  Move on. You've got stories to write.   

How do you join in the fun? So glad you asked. It’s really quite simple.

The rules
1)      1`. Follow this blog.
2)      2.  Follow Elizabeth Sharp, the originator of this hop
3)      3.  Follow the featured author of the week.
4)      4.  Go to Sharp words and copy the image code found there and paste it in your blog. Add your name to the link at the bottom of the post while you are there.
5)      5.  Copy and paste the rules in your blog, as well as this week’s question.
6)      6.  Answer the question
7)      7.  Follow, follow, follow. This is about networking, people, making connections with people in your community. So talk to us. We don't bite!
8)      8.  If someone stops by, says hi and follows you, the polite thing to do is follow back.
9)      9.  Comment here and introduce yourself and you just might find a new follower or two.


Anonymous said...

Happy Friday and have a good weekend.

shah wharton said...

Hey there Gabrielle. So glad I popped by. Learned of this new Blog Hop. Just had to join in. The linky isn't working though? I can't see the hoppers? Neither can the others who commented. I stopped by those who commented and here.

Bet you're excited for June. And yeah - there really are some saddos out there? You're right, you just have to move on.

I have recently learned a lot from the She Writes critique group. I only entered the first chapter so far but got so much out of it.

If you get good critiques they help, if you get bad critiques they're just insults dressed differently.

Shah .X

Gabrielle said...

I saw that too, Shah. Hope they get it fixed so I can see who to hop around to. I love getting critiques that make me want to run home and begin writing. The ones that get my brain moving are the best. Critiques that simply complain without pointing to anything useful are garbage.

How is your work coming?


Lizzie's Blog said...

I agree. I think the best thing you can do is not say anything in a public forum.

Michelle Ferguson said...

Happy blog hopping Friday.

Pamela Mason said...

You're absolutely correct.
Call your friends, commiserate, eat chocolate & drink mojitos....
Then get on with your life.

Pamela Mason said...

Ok, blogger ate my comment....

Again: you're absolutely right Gabrielle.... Eat chocolate, call your friends, and move on.

But keep your mouth closed!
Please remind me of this when/if I do such a thing online... and I'll dot the same for you too!

unstoppablestart said...

Hi Gabrielle. Thanks for the follow and your very nice comments. I adore the story you told as your answer above. I've heard that line more than once in commentary on RWA contests. Take what you can and leave the rest, right? Happy Friday!

Your Plot Thickens said...

Potential adult content...? Hmmmm... I used to write for men's mags. When I say that, I mean Hustler and Playboy. Is that more adult than your site. ;-)

Gabrielle said...

Adult content? I don't think so, but it seems some are easily offended. The adult content is in the excerpts. LOL